Sunday, June 26, 2016
Vinylmation Stories - Crush
I'm still in a Finding Nemo mood, so this week I'll be telling the story of how Crush joined my collection. Crush is from Park #11 which is actually a Park Series based on attractions from Disney's California Adventure. But Crush is equally applicable to fans of Walt Disney World as Turtle Talk with Crush (the attraction this figure is based on) features also at The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot.
I remember being blown away the first time I saw it. Even though Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor had opened before and uses the same technology, I still couldn't believe the bright colors of the tank, how it really did look like we were staring into a deep tank filled with sea creatures, the witty way in which Crush interacted with us, and how funny his jokes were.
Due to audience participation, this show is never the same twice. The impressive technology coupled with my love of Finding Nemo makes this a can't miss attraction for me when I visit Epcot. When I saw that a Vinylmation had been designed to reflect this attraction, he was a must-have for me. Ron Cohee's artwork is flawless as always, and this figure looks identical to Crush. To top it all off, we have bubbles in one ear and of course the microphone in the other ear to link to the attraction.
So that's why Crush joined my collection! As a side note, I think it would have been awesome to have had a variant figure of Crush with the above expression, wearing the bikini top!